|KOF 98' is OUT !!!
Today (7/11/98) a number of individual arcades in Japan installed their shipment of King Of Fighters 98'. It seems that the game was not distributed together with the machine as was first rumored.
A few pointers that have been uncovered, confirmed or forgotten to be mentioned-
1- The are no new characters. There still is a possibility of hidden characters, but there are no new characters in the select screen: it is the same as before. Basically the game is the same as the beta version- in play, graphics, etc.
2- Extra mode's counter is definitely comboable. a number of players were spotted using Extra mode and they were doing exactly so.
3- When a DM throw misses, the stock goes down.
4- It seems that the AOF team members cannot do their Haoh-shokoken in normal situations, only Takuma can.
5- The controls are much more stiff than in 97', but not as drastically
as 96'. There is sure to be a debate over this issue in times to come.
Check the Bulletin board for locations on where arcades with the game have been confirmed in Tokyo by Henry Moriarty.
A couple of notes on character voices-
Iori's voice actor reported not casting out voices for Iori in pure
blood riot, but commented on a suggestion to look forward to something.
Shingo's voice actor has reported on shouting out a couple in ad-lib-
one for a move which did not yet have a name at the time of casting, and
another for his Ko voice. In his KO voice, Shingo says "I just don't Leeearrr-n!!!"
In an interview Geibunsha Publishing had with SNK's 2nd division R&D department's head, it was commented that there were no plans to add in new characters- their plan was to keep all the characters from 97' and add in classic characters to make a KOFSpecial as much as memory would allow them to. It was also commented that there was no storyline of KOF98' as the Orochi chapter had already ended- that the game should be thought as the "encore" from after the main theatrical event.
Note however that the existence of The Orochi version of the band
team was not revealed although somewhat hinted. Thus not all possibilities
of the existence of new characters have been taken down.
Kyo, Benimaru, Goro
Terry, Andy, Joe
Of Fighting Team
Ryo, Robert, Yuri
Leona, Ralf, Clark
Athena, Kensou, Cheng
Chizuru, Mai, King
Kim, Chang, Choi
Yashiro, Shermie, Chris
Yamazaki, Mary, Billy
Iori, Mature, Vice
Heidern, Takuma, Saishu
HeavyD!, Lucky, Brian
King Of Fighters 98
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